Pepper price continues to fall, farmers urge to regulate import
Mattancherry: A drastic fall in the prices of pepper has put the farmers across the state in distress. It is reported that pepper price has fallen by Rs 18 a kilo within the last two weeks.
Un-garbled pepper costs Rs 36,500 per quintal and garbled pepper costs Rs 38,500 per quintal in the market on Monday.
According to merchants, the harvest season of pepper in Karnataka resulted in the price fall. Reports say that 25,000 to 30,000-ton pepper is expected in Karnataka in this year.
Meanwhile, harvest of pepper has begun in Sri Lanka. The Government’s decision to cap price of imported pepper at Rs 500 has decreased the import from Sri Lanka.
India has imported 2,200-ton pepper in January, 960 ton in February and 650 ton till March 21.
Meanwhile, Indian Pepper and Spice Traders, Planters consortium co-ordinator Kishore Shyamji questioned the import of pepper for higher prices when enough pepper is available within the country. He demanded a probe on the unnecessary import of pepper to India.
According to farmers in Sri Lanka, 10,000 ton of pepper is already collected last year here. They claim that this year they will have a production of 12,000 ton.
Indian Pepper and Spice Traders, Planters Consortium coordinator demanded union government to take necessary action to control import of pepper to help the Indian farmers in the background of price fall.